CLASS 3A: Ridgewood rallies to win 3-2 on Jose Anazco's penalty kick in stoppage time.
By GREG AUMAN, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times, published February 14, 2003
NEW PORT RICHEY -- When Lake Region took a 2-1 lead with 9:20 left on Thursday night, Ridgewood's season looked to be over.
When Tanner Wolfe scored with 1:22 left, Rams players on the bench reminded each other how overtime is played.
There was no need, as the officials allowed just enough stoppage time for Ridgewood's Jose Anazco to draw a foul in the penalty box.
The senior, who minutes earlier feared his playing days were over, calmly stepped up and put his penalty kick into the top left corner of the net, capping a wild rally to give Ridgewood a 3-2 win and its first playoff victory in 17 years.
"I was nervous, no, I was crying, just couldn't believe they were going to win," Anazco said. "Then (after the foul) I was like, 'If I don't make this, everybody's going to kill me tomorrow. Afterward, I was so happy I couldn't see."
Wolfe's goal, his second of the night and 26th this season, came when Dimos Kalathakis sent a pass in that caromed off a Lake Region defender. Wolfe chested the ball and volleyed a kick past goalie Andrew Hanzalik, who had stopped nine shots in the second half.
"I was just hoping it'd go in -- we've worked so hard this season," said Wolfe, who weaved through four defenders for his first goal. "This was incredible. Another game for Jose and (goalkeeper) Julio (Anazco)."
The 1:22 stayed on the clock as time was kept on the field, and what was said to be 90 seconds of stoppage time was enough for Anazco to draw the foul and score his 17th goal.
Forty-five seconds later, the match was over, and it was a frustrating finish for Thunder coach Lorenzo Martinez.
"That second goal was a beautiful shot, but then it seemed like we played 1:22 forever, an eternity," Martinez said. "And they said it was a penalty kick, so we just have to go with the call."
Ridgewood (20-6-3), which outshot Lake Region (14-6-2) 25-11 and 11-3 in the second half, will host Lake Howell, a 5-1 winner against Merritt Island.